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Make Your Nomination for the Hottest Chef in PDX 2012

Y'all, it's that time again. Just in time for the coldest, wettest, and-flat most unpleasant time of the year, we're heating things up at Eater by kicking off our annual Hottest Chef Competition. Starting February 1, the city's sexiest male and female culinary artists will battle it out tournament-style — all to crown a winner that'll represent Portland in Eater National's effort to find this country's hottest chef. (Hint: This year, the national search will be done bracket-style, in Eater's version of sexy March Madness.)

But before we get to all that excitement, we need your help. Nominate your biggest chef crushes and kitchen co-workers (or even yourselves — we won't tell) by emailing pdx@eater.com, along with a picture or link to an image. Repeats from last year are unavoidable (shoutout to Hottest Chef 2011 Wes Hannah and Hottest Non-Vegan Chef Chris Thompson), but let's get some new blood in the mix, kay?

Nominations are due by next Monday, at which time they will be culled and seeded by number of votes. Then let the games begin.